• by Lew Wallace
  • Narrated by Lloyd James
  • 23 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

An American classic, Ben-Hur is both a vivid historical epic and the powerful story of one man's spiritual journey from slavery to vengeance to redemption. Born the son of a Jewish nobleman, Ben-Hur is condemned to the galleys for life for accidentally dislodging a piece of tile that falls on the Roman procurator. He is betrayed by his best friend, manages to escape his imprisonment, and gains revenge and glory before the cheering multitudes in the chariot races at the Roman circus in Antioch. Later, he fulfills his true destiny at the foot of a cross on a hill in Jerusalem.


What the Critics Say

"This is a performance of sustained excellence, sustained across a range of characters and emotions, across time and geography. Male and female, young and old, the self-absorbed and the selfless, the worldly and the spiritual; all are within the compass of James' command. His reading is at once evocative, moving, and entertaining." (AudioFile)


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Customer Reviews

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Beautiful & Thought-Provoking

This book is a masterpiece, a vivid blend of description and larger-than-life characters. The book's full title "Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ" should clue you into the fact that this story parallels the life of Jesus.

Ben-Hur is a handsome, intelligent, wealthy Jewish boy who is almost destroyed by the hatred of a former friend and Roman, Messala. Ben-Hur eventually escapes his life-sentence to the galleys and regains his fortune, which he uses to reap vengeance on his betrayer. However, when he learns that 'The King of the Jews' is at hand, he turns all his attention to building armies and preparing for the overthrow of Rome. When the Christ turns out not to be quite what he had expected, Ben-Hur is left with a difficult choice: wage war on Rome or follow the Prince of Peace.

I give the reader 8/10. Sound quality 10/10. Story 10/10.

(Fair Warning-- avoid this book if you don't like: descriptions, long books, historical fiction, or readers who actually laugh whenever it says 'so-and-so laughed.' Otherwise, enjoy!)
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- Stephanie "There is no frigate like a book ~ E. Dickinson"


"Ben-Hur" by Lew Wallace is a great book. Essentially a fictional account of events leading up to the birth of Christ, Wallace attempts to put give the reader (listener) a feel for the environment of Palestine / Rome at that time. The extensive use of descriptive text, metaphors, and adjectives, makes the story come vividly alive. Once you have listened to this book, the movie seems shallow in comparison. If you liked Ben-Hur the movie with Charlton Hesston, you will love this book. A "masterpiece".
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- Gerald

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-28-2006
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.